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#67 - Calvin Coolidge

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Inquiring about “the immigration problem as it affects the Pacific Coast,” just before signing the restrictive Immigration Act of 1924

TLS as president, one page, 7 x 8.75, White House letterhead, May 3, 1924. Letter to Warren Ryder of Mill Valley, California. In part: “I am greatly interested in the extract which you quote, and should be very glad to have any further results of your study of the immigration problems as it affects the Pacific Coast.” In very good condition, with punch holes to two borders and toned tape remnants to the left edge. Just 20 days later, President Coolidge would sign the Immigration Act of 1924 into law, which included the National Origins Act and Asian Exclusion Act. This restrictive law put significant limitations on the immigration of Southern Europeans, Eastern Europeans, and Jews, as well as entirely prohibiting the immigration of Asians. The latter portion would have had the biggest impact on the San Francisco area of Coolidge’s correspondent, which was the home of the largest Asian communities in America. An intriguing letter from a controversial moment in the history of immigration to the United States, which remains a hot-button political issue to this day. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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